Astrotripper

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On article Kamlan 28mm F1.4 for APS-C sample gallery (68 comments in total)

Hard to argue with the price? Not so sure. Add extra $100 and you get AF and much better image quality from Sigma. And in a lighter, albeit bigger package.

Unlike those sub $100 lenses, this is not an automatic no-brainer impulse buy kind of thing.

Might still be an interesting option for manual lens lovers.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2018 at 18:14 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
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netudiant: Does anyone know whether the Leica branded units are somehow selected or tweaked for better optical performance or is it purely a vanity purchase.

Yeah, I vaguely remember Leica branded LX100 was actually not a bad deal. And it wasn't vanilla Panasonic rebrand, either. Leica version actually had a different body. So you paid $300 extra for Lightroom license and a different camera design. I remember the price dropping at some point so that the Leica was actually a better deal.

In this case, you just pay extra for slightly different body design. I doubt there is anything else to it. They all are made in the same factory.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2018 at 18:23 UTC
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Thematic: The mtf graphs leica shared for this cameras lens look spectacular. Should be a great performer.

Exciting!

DPR gave it a Silver award, so apparently it's not so great. :-)

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonic-lumix-dmc-zs200-tz200

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2018 at 17:16 UTC

This will be interesting.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2018 at 06:53 UTC as 45th comment

While I love the idea of being able to use a 35mm film SLR with instax film, this device just kills all the appeal of a classic camera. This is just ridiculous.

Why won't any company just create an actual camera that takes instax cartridges? Make it a clunky retro metal body with mechanical controls, like the old ones, and provide adapters for legacy mounts. You might get something that might actually be usable.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2018 at 09:26 UTC as 37th comment | 5 replies
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Jonathan F/2: It makes me wonder when Canon and Nikon do release a mirrorless FF if they will share mount specifications to third party manufacturers similar to how Sony has done? I wonder if they'd risk competition from third party lens makers in order to gain faster adoption? It'd be awesome if these Samyang AF lenses could be tweaked for other mounts.

But why would they want to do that?

Canon especially has nothing to gain from that. Not to mention third parties already know how to make EF lenses, so...

And Nikon? Well, they are capable of launching 7-10 lenses in a year, so they should be able to cover the bare minimum very quickly (three zooms + two primes) and live on adapter for the transition period. Which they will probably not have to do for the FF option, since I would expect they would use F mount.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2018 at 19:08 UTC
On article Hasselblad XCD 21mm sample gallery (129 comments in total)
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Mateus1: 4:3 ratio is not nice for landscape, architecure shots. 3:2 would be much better.
Then why to bother with this" tiny" MF sensor? A7r3 seems better choice.

How hard is it to crop a digital photo? Seriously...

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2018 at 05:05 UTC
On article Sony announces Cyber-shot RX100 VI with 24-200mm zoom (756 comments in total)

Is this camera really worth twice the price of the Panasonic TZ100? Or nearly twice of TZ200?

Seems more like an engineering show off to me.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 14:54 UTC as 198th comment
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Sergey Borachev: Pentax used to do this, as it sank lower and lower. The restructuring and move must have reduced R&D so much, they can only come up with this, when real effort is needed to stay competitive. Other makers are rolling out models that shake up the market. So Olympus comes up with this. This is so depressing.

But Pentax cameras were just ordinary DSLRs that looked like any other DSLR on the market. Just different colour.

Olympus plays in a completely different league here. When they make "pretty" cameras, they really are pretty. They are designed to be catch the eye. The E-PL9 is the best looking camera in that line and PEN-F is the best looking camera currently on the market. And they look nothing like other cameras from other manufacturers.

It's only the gear geeks from sites like this that believe that looks are not important to a buying decision.

Sorry, spec sheet is not all there is to a camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2018 at 07:28 UTC
On article Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 for E-Mount Sample Gallery (222 comments in total)

I think this is a type of lens that Sony FE system really needed. A reasonably priced zoom that isn't huge or heavy and lets the users actually benefit from the FF sensor. And image quality is really good from what I see here. The bokeh can be pretty hideous in some situations, but you can't have everything.

In short, Sony users are getting more interesting lens options by the month. Enjoy :-)

Link | Posted on May 30, 2018 at 15:40 UTC as 35th comment
On article Sony reveals faster, higher-res OLED viewfinder display (378 comments in total)
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ovengloves: So it refreshes faster and has a higher resolution for the same power.
Wouldn't it be better to reduce the power of what is already out there seeing as battery life is generally not so good?
Also, within reason who cares about the refresh rate, it's the delay in getting the data from the sensor to the display that's usually the thing people complain about isn't it?
This display having a higher resolution means you need more processing power to populate it and although the display may not consume more power the power consumption of the CPU driving it will increase I'd have thought and potentially increase the delay in getting data onto it.

@Anadrol
The 6ms EVF lag is totally insignificant in the face of 200-300ms reaction time of an average human. You know what will have more impact for your shooting than those 6ms? Whether you had a good sleep last night.

@shigzeo
Again, it's not as bad on newest cameras. I would have to push my E-M1 II really hard into extreme low light situation to see this effect, and the smaller sensor puts it at a disadvantage here. By that point, you would barely see anything through most optical viewfinders. I do have a live view boost option that basically acts like night vision and that is smudging like hell. But then again, it allows me to frame and focus in near pitch darkness and see things that naked eye does not see.

I can imagine that in the future, with faster sensors and more powerful hardware, the camera could do a full sensor readout in such situations to deal with the noise. That alone would probably lower the light floor at which the lagging starts occurring by a few stops.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2018 at 13:04 UTC
On article Sony reveals faster, higher-res OLED viewfinder display (378 comments in total)
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ovengloves: So it refreshes faster and has a higher resolution for the same power.
Wouldn't it be better to reduce the power of what is already out there seeing as battery life is generally not so good?
Also, within reason who cares about the refresh rate, it's the delay in getting the data from the sensor to the display that's usually the thing people complain about isn't it?
This display having a higher resolution means you need more processing power to populate it and although the display may not consume more power the power consumption of the CPU driving it will increase I'd have thought and potentially increase the delay in getting data onto it.

The lag has not been a problem for most cameras for a while now. The cameras on the higher end of the spectrum have a lag of just 6ms (E-M1 Mark II), which is far less than the typical human reaction time.

So reducing the lag further isn't all that important anymore. But increasing the resolution, reducing power consumption, increasing response time and so on can still bring improvements that are noticeable in actual use.

Not sure why the framerate is such a big deal in this case, though. 240fps for a display makes absolutely zero sense if it is intended for a human to view it. For a camera, 60fps is plenty enough. You need a bit more for VR, but that's quite a special use case (and it's not what this panel is aimed at, probably).

Link | Posted on May 30, 2018 at 10:23 UTC
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Angrymagpie: I always feel uneasy using "weather-sealed" lenses which trombone outward... So watching them zooming in rain and snow was a bit, um, nerve-wrecking and reassuring? Is that something people do in general?
I usually do my best to avoid it

Same here. I have one such zoom and generally avoid using it in such harsh conditions. It got pretty wet a few times in a drizzle, but nothing extreme. And I'm not in a hurry to test how far I can push it. :-)

Link | Posted on May 30, 2018 at 06:07 UTC
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NOWHITELENS: I certainly understand the advantage of very light camera and lenses, but I do not mind "slugging" heavier equipment around for higher quality pictures and/or the possibility to crop when necessary (which is quite often the case with wildlife).

So, if I understand correctly, the alternative to Panasonic G9 with 50-200/2.8-4 would be D850 + AF-P 70-300/4-5.6 and cropping to 20mp?

What's the point to that? It still weights half a kilo more, is larger, more expensive, not weather resistant and not as good for video. And there would be no advantage in terms of image quality. So why bother?

Why not just go for APS-C camera anyway? That would at least make some sense. And that's mostly what G9 is competing with. Actually, it really is only competing with Canon 7D II and Nikon D500, since those are the only APS-C cameras that are in the same league.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2018 at 06:04 UTC
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steelhead3: Although I don't shoot with m4/3, all the comments that FF is the way to go really misses the point that these smaller formats have a place. Though the sensor may be a little dated now, it allows for nice small lenses.

LOL, it's funny seeing how people conclude that this or that sensor is outdated based on some buzzwords, and completely ignoring the actual capabilities of the sensor.

Let's take the newest and greatest sensor in A7 III. It has better performance in terms of noise. Well, that's because it does noise reduction on raw files. It has electronic shutter. But readout speed is soo slow that it's really only useful for completely static scenes. The 20mp sensor in E-M1 II runs circles around it (4 circles, to be exact).

Also, E-M1 II has better dynamic range than Sony a6500 above base ISO and it completely demolishes APS-C Canons in this regard. But it doesn't have a buzzword in it and is not APS-C, so it's outdated. LOL

Link | Posted on May 30, 2018 at 05:48 UTC
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entoman: The average tourist, who wants to show a few photos on social media or make small prints, may be very happy using a Panasonic for wildlife photography.

But, I doubt that any "serious" or professional wildlife photographer (other than someone being paid by Panasonic) would consider doing so.

Wildlife is often photographed under poor lighting conditions requiring high ISO, and that requires APS, or better still FF, in order to keep luminance noise within acceptable levels.

Fast and often unpredictably moving animals and birds are difficult to frame perfectly, so many images require significant levels of cropping - and that requires more megapixels than Panasonic provide in their current cameras.

The only real advantage of using an M43 camera for wildlife is that the cameras and lenses are very compact, which makes them light and easy to carry and manouevre.

Pretty amazing, reading how insecure some FF fanboys are about their toys.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2018 at 05:24 UTC
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chrisno: great video but not exactly a great camera for wildlife photography shooting in tough and low light situations

some of the shots are a bit too much noise

@kociasek
"Sorry, these are not comparable set-ups."

If they are not comparable (which I agree with), why do people insist on saying that an FF kit with 600mm lens is a realistic alternative to an MFT kit with a 300mm lens? I mean, that's literally what you need to get that 2 stop advantage of FF over equivalent focal lengths MFT.

It's as if with FF fanboys, any reasoning stops at "total light gathering". Apparently, a tiny little detail that this FF setup costs 5 times as much, weights 3 times as much and is basically a stationary kit seems to completely not matter.

I wonder why that is...

Same for Sony fanboys hailing A7 for it's small size. Sorry guys, that camera is a joke once you pair it with a serious lens for wildlife. It's a bit too small and the poorly designed grip for three fingers basically means it's useless without a battery grip. It's actually pretty amazing how a camera of almost identical size can have much better handling.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2018 at 19:54 UTC
On article Leaked Panasonic firmware update is made official (62 comments in total)
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kravemir: What about older models? Like GX80 / GX85? Will Panasonic provide updates? Long term support matters for devices with long lifespan...

GX80/85 received two firmware updates. One added new features, the other fixed some bugs.

So yes, Panasonic does support models other than the flagship, just not to the same extent, since the lower end models usually have shorter life cycles and are not really aimed to be workhorses for years.

EDIT: by life cycle I mean product life cycle. Lower end models get replaced more often by newer models.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2018 at 15:47 UTC
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Astrotripper: Does it use Sony sensors?

No? Then it sucks and is not innovative enough for a serious user. That's why they dropped the prices. Scared of Sony. A7 III wins another battle.

🤣

Does it have PDAF?

No? What a joke.

🤣

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 17:30 UTC
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Astrotripper: Does it use Sony sensors?

No? Then it sucks and is not innovative enough for a serious user. That's why they dropped the prices. Scared of Sony. A7 III wins another battle.

🤣

Does it have IBIS?

No? Useless.

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Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 17:27 UTC
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